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Fibromyalgia and Its Causes


          Most fibromyalgia sufferers don't know about the important link between their disease and spinal trauma.  For many years fibromyalgia was thought to be a part of whiplash injuries to the neck. There are many scientific research papers that show  whiplash and spinal trauma occur more frequently in fibromyalgia patients.


         A fibromyalgia diagnosis is based on widespread body and spinal pain. Spinal pain is a necessary part of the diagnosis. Most patients think that fibromyalgia is more a problem of increased pain sensitivity by the brain. While this is important, you have to also consider why you are so susceptible to such little pressure at various points. What makes your nerves so sensitive? In many cases it is nerve irritation at the spinal level. When the spine is injured, the joint is sprained and there is damage to the ligaments and disks. This is called a subluxation. Overtime the muscles become more spastic and tight.


          For some patients, these problems are so substantial that there becomes sensitivity to pressure where the nerve from the spine feeds the arms and legs. The result is pain all over, and more and more restriction of movement. But the lack of movement doesn't help the problem.


         With chiropractic care you can make the spine more flexible, release muscle tension, and improve mobility. Multiple scientific studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments provide relief for spinal pain symptoms. Combined with a sound nutritional program that provides the nutrients your body needs, this dual approach addresses many needs of the fibromyalgia patient. Dealing with a complex problem like fibromyaglia with drugs is no solution, and often carries unintended side effects, especially when consumed over long periods of time.


          Every fibromyalgia patient needs a detailed spinal examination by chiropractor to identify areas of spinal ligament sprain (subluxation). When the movement of the joint is restored, this can have a positive impact on physical activity and the ability of your body to handle life's stresses. Activity is easier when there is less pain, and progressive activity is important in recovering from fibromyalgia.


          This chiropractic health information is provided by Dr. Larry K. Cimperman and Dr. Agnes M. Gallagher.  We can be contacted at 724-586-9777.


            This information is for educational purposes only.  It is not meant to treat, cure, or diagnose any health condition, illness, or disease.  Contact a qualified health care provider with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your health.

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